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Classical - Released January 1, 1969 | Warner Classics

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Classical - Released January 1, 2016 | Orfeo

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Lieder (German) - Released November 24, 2005 | harmonia mundi

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Classical - Released January 1, 1965 | Warner Classics

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Classical - Released January 1, 1974 | Deutsche Grammophon (DG)

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Lieder (German) - Released January 1, 1992 | Decca

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‘The most original and artistically consummate of all my works,’ Hugo Wolf said (with justice) of the Italienisches Liederbuch which he wrote in 1890-1 to the poetry of Paul Heyse.Perhaps no pair of singers on record has interpreted this cycle of 46 songs with such natural accomplishment as Irmgard Seefried and Dietrich Fischer-Dieskau. They made this recording near the end of the 1950s – at the height of Seefried’s career and near the start of Fischer-Dieskau’s, and its qualities of both freshness and delight in response to the text and vocal beauty have stood the test of time. The singers performed the cycle together live at the 1958 Salzburg Festival to an ordering devised by the pianist for the occasion and Seefried’s regular accompanist, Erik Werba. In the DG studios a few months later, however, Fischer-Dieskau was joined by his own regular instrumental partner at the time, Jörg Demus. Meanwhile the subtly different responses of both pianists – Werba fuller-toned than Demus, whose pointed articulation owes something to his work on ‘period’ instruments – offer food for both thought and pleasure. Without attempting to concoct a storyline, Werba’s ordering allows the poetry’s depictions of woman and man to contrast with and complement each other. A spirited opening group is followed by one which is predominantly lyrical, illustrating the need for love, the woman’s surrender and then wavering, a manly longing for death, a farewell, and appeal to sworn fidelity. The closing section juxtaposes a declaration of love, humour, mockery, caricature, resignation and finally boasting, with the soprano’s jubilant ‘confession’ that she has 21 lovers. All four musicians fully bring to life the emotions of elation, joy, anger and irony in Wolf’s songs. Fischer-Dieskau’s second recording (with Elisabeth Schwarzkopf and Gerald Moore for EMI) is justly famous in its own right, but the magic of this DG recording lies in the unaffected ease of his partnership with Seefried. (© Deutsche Grammophon GmbH, Berlin / Universal Music Australia Pty Ltd. 
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Classical - Released January 21, 2013 | harmonia mundi

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Classical - Released January 1, 1967 | Deutsche Grammophon (DG)

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Classical - Released January 1, 2007 | Genuin

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Lieder (German) - Released January 11, 2019 | Warner Classics

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By turns ecstatic and deeply depressed, as is the way with bipolar disorders, Hugo Wolf gave the world great and precious masterpieces in the genre of the lied with his great cycles, in particular Italienisches Liederbuch, for two voices, which represents the soul of the art. 46 lieder speak of love, focusing on the tangled feelings of man and woman across lovers' dialogues in ironic, gallant and impassioned tones. Written around words by Paul Heyse based on anonymous Tuscan poems, this collection is full of ballads, and in particular rispetti (compliments), folksy poems made up of two quatrains. The German translation seriously disfigures the light touch of the Italian original, especially as Hugo Wolf makes no attempt to "do Italian" in his compositions. “I assure you: a warm heart beats in the little chests of my youngest southern children, who, despite everything, cannot hide their German origins. Yes, their hearts beat in German, even though the sun shines in Italian", he told a friend. This Italian collection is made up of, as Stéphanie Goldet writes, "little love stories, moments of impatience or frustration, wishes and warnings, complaints and recriminations, demands and unconditional surrenders". Recorded in concert at the Hesse Philharmonic on 18 February 2018, this new recording ranks alongside other legendary records such as those by Schwarzkopf and Fischer-Dieskau; it will surely become a new reference point version. While it was reasonable to worry about Jonas Kaufmann's voice, we can hear that it has recovered all its strength and its thousand and one miraculous nuances. His partner, Diana Damrau, is radiant, with a song that brings together the many different emotions of a worried and sometimes mischievous young girl. But this dialogue would be nothing without the subtle and refined piano-playing of Helmut Deutsch, who has given these miniatures such an irresistible accompaniment. © François Hudry/Qobuz
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Lieder (German) - Released April 29, 2016 | harmonia mundi

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Classical - Released January 1, 1975 | Deutsche Grammophon (DG)

Distinctions Diapason d'or - The Qobuz Ideal Discography
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Classical - Released January 1, 1957 | Warner Classics

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Vocal Music (Secular and Sacred) - Released January 1, 2016 | Orfeo

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Classical - Released February 15, 2019 | Warner Classics

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Lieder (German) - Released May 1, 1989 | Chandos

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Classical - Released January 1, 2016 | Orfeo

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Classical - Released January 3, 2020 | Stone Records

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Lieder (German) - Released June 3, 2014 | Myrios Classics

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Pop - Released September 2, 2019 | Flow Production Records

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